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We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals

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We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals

    Starwar Animals

    Starwar Animals

    Mother nature has whipped up some animals that are even weirder than what you can find in Star Wars. We talk about real life porgs, a monster scarier than a sarlaac pit, and an adorable alien-looking antelope. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: why does Fluke Skywater have hundreds of lightsabers? With special guest Maggie Mae Fish.
    FOOTNOTES:

    Puffin "flying" underwater

    The horned puffin's fantastic mascara

    Tufted puffin's weird head doodads

    Inside a puffin's mouth

    Japanese dwarf flying squirrel

    Desert rain frog squeakin'

    The horrifying bobbit worm

    Light saber sharks

    The saiga antelope

    Video someone took of a saiga antelope shaking its nose (warning: audio windy & loud)


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Australia

    Australia

    As you may know, Australia is facing a human and ecological crisis right now, as fires ravage New South Wales. We’ll talk about the cause of these fires, how it’s affecting humans and animals in the area, and how human activity has influenced this disaster. Then we’ll talk about one of Australia’s most iconic animals, the Koala, as well as a whole bunch of other incredible animals found only in Australia. With special guest David Huntsberger.
    FOOTNOTES:

    VOTE on which koala we should adopt for the podcast

    SO many people have donated to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital that their website is down. We can still donate on behalf of the koala we adopt through their GoFundMe

    Video of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

    Koalas aren't the only ones in danger, check out the beautiful endangered Corroboree tree frog

    Bog skinks are in serious trouble

    Support the NSW Fire Service

    Donate to WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue organization

    WWF has a wildfires donation fund

    On to some fun stuff, here's a wombat farting and attacking corn

    Australia's adorable pincushions, the echidna

    A bandicoot

    Just kidding, here's a real bandicoot

    The adorable quoll, call 1-800-QUOLL-ITY-QUOLLS

    The brushtail possum grabbing things with its little handsies

    A dingo doing some yoga instruction (do NOT try this at home)

    Long-nosed potoroo looking emo

    Noisy kookaburra

    The all-animals cover of Drowning Pool

    Pink robins

    Lyrebirds's standup impressions set

    Australian magpie mimicking emergency vehicles


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    • 1 hr 27 min
    CATS The Confusicle

    CATS The Confusicle

    The Cats movie presents a lot of misinformation about felis catus! So today we'll be talking cat facts: what are the answers to some of the most common questions about cats? What are some of the wildest wild cats in the world? And finally, what's going on with that Cats movie, huh? With special guest comedian Joey Clift.
    FOOTNOTES:

    Cougar purring

    Cat tongue closeup

    Cat slo-mo drinking water

    The rusty-spotted cat, the world's smallest cat!

    Hercules, the liger

    The margay climbing a tree! 

    The flat-headed cat

    The Canada lynx's big ol' legwarmers

    Pallas's cat looking like a muppet

    Seriously Pallas's cats look like Yoda/Wookies

    The Löwenmensch figurine, AKA, world's first furry

    "Pinpointing the Exact Moment Cats Reviewers Lost Their Minds" 

    "I took my dad, a veterinarian, to see Cats — he has some thoughts"


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Happy New Fear!

    Happy New Fear!

    Today on the show, HAPPY NEW FEAR! Let’s discover fears you didn’t even know you had with some horrifying creatures! Take a one way trip to decapitation station, check out some very creepy babies, and endure the existential crisis after finding out when a butt is NOT a butt. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question, is 80 worms too many worms to have inside of you? With special guests Tess Lynch, Molly Lambert, and Emily Yoshida of the Night Call Podcast.
    CONTENT WARNING: the trypophobia section starts at 00:42:55 and ends at 00:55:47
    Footnotes:

    The ant-head bursting fly, Euryplatea nanaknihali

    Another fly that decapitates ants

    Ants who decorate their homes with the heads of their enemies

    Ant who pretends to be a butt

    Study on Antman & Spiderman helping phobias

    Margays imitate baby tamarins

    Cats mimic the cry of babies

    WARNING: CATERPILLAR BODY HORROR. Glyptapanteles wasp larvae bursting from a parasitized caterpillar.

    Audubon Society's "When Is a Bird a ‘Birb’? An Extremely Important Guide"

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    Margay used in episode image

    Pied tamarin used in episode image


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Creaturekringletimes Holiday Special Part 2

    Creaturekringletimes Holiday Special Part 2

    Happy holidays everyone, it’s me, Katie Goldin, your host of many parasites! Today, on the second part of our two-part holiday special, we’ll be creating our own non-denominational holiday using evolutionary biology to make this magical time of year scientifically accurate! We’ll talk the biology of reindeer, and the best bacteria-filled lightshow in the world! With special guest Jamie Loftus of The Bechdel Cast.
    FOOTNOTES: 

    Cute reindeer noses

    Reindeer eyeballs magically change color

    Glowing Firefly squid looks like festive holiday lights

    Glowing railroad worm

    Foxfire (not firefox) glowing fungus

    Angler fish's deadly but festive glowing light


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    • 57 min
    Creaturekringletimes Holiday Special Part 1

    Creaturekringletimes Holiday Special Part 1

    Happy holidays everyone, it’s me, Katie Goldin, your host of many parasites! On this two-part holiday special, we’ll be creating our own non-denominational holiday using evolutionary biology to make this magical time of year scientifically accurate! We’ll make our own, better Santa out of animal DNA, learning about these animals along the way! With special guest Jamie Loftus of the Bechdel Cast.
    FOOTNOTES:

    Hydra, an immortal wiener with tentacles

    Quetzalcoatlus northropi

    Peregrin falcon dive

    Elephants never forget

    Dolphins remember their friends

    Crows hold eternal grudges

    Ravens remember who's naughty and who's nice

    Blue whales win at having a jolly belly

    Howler monkey chorus

    Gorilla getting tickled via Cell Press

    Chimp laughing on the BBC


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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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Comedy + Science = Amazing

Funny and educational. This show is making me love science more and take my studies more seriously(even if it has nothing to do with animals directly).

Katie Goldin is easy to listen/relate to and every hour long episode feels too short. She also uses great metaphors to explain certain concepts, the most recent one about strong neural connections(flow) was great!

Thank you Katie, the guests and everyone who helps makes this show!

I learned about this podcast hearing season 2 promotions on SYSK.

JDico ,

Great podcast.

Love this podcast! Great content and humour. More more more!

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